Coro­ner in call for A64 ac­tion

In­quests held into cou­ples who died cross­ing the road

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - by court re­porter news­ Twit­ter: @TheS­car­boronews

A coro­ner is urg­ing the Depart­ment of Trans­port to im­prove road safety on the A64 af­ter hear­ing how two cou­ples died in sep­a­rate ac­ci­dents as they walked across the road.

A coro­ner is to urge the Depart­ment of Trans­port to im­prove road safety on the no­to­ri­ous A64 trunk road by in­stalling street light­ing and traf­fic is­lands af­ter hear­ing how two cou­ples were killed in late night ac­ci­dents within half a mile of each other. The dou­ble fa­tal ac­ci­dents had hap­pened within five weeks near junc­tions to the vil­lages of Wel­burn and Cram­beck on the busy road which has one of the worst fa­tal ac­ci­dent records of any road in the North of Eng­land.

Michael Oak­ley, the North York­shire East Coro­ner recorded ver­dicts of ac­ci­den­tal death on David Paul Tinker, a 50-year-old self em­ployed builder of Pen­ton House, Cram­beck, and his part­ner, Julie Gough, 52, who were killed when they were hit by a minibus at Cram­beck on May 14 last year.

Ev­i­dence was given that they had got off a bus fol­low­ing a night out in York.

The mini bus driver, As­sad Ali, a mem­ber of the staff of an In­dian restau­rant in Pick­er­ing told the in­quest at Northaller­ton yes­ter­day that he had been taking seven staff home to Leeds.

He said: “I just re­mem­ber see­ing two peo­ple run­ning in front of me. They were on top of me. There was an almighty crash and it just went dark”.

He said the bus had stopped at a bus stop near Cram­beck junc­tion but did not see any­one get off.

Mr Ali told the coro­ner that the cou­ple were only six me­tres in front of his mini-bus when he saw them.

Traf­fic po­lice of­fi­cer Ste­wart Long­ford, said there were no me­chan­i­cal de­fects on the mini-bus which would have caused the ac­ci­dent.

He said that a re­con­struc­tion of the crash had been car­ried out which showed that Mr Ali would have re-acted in­stantly by brak­ing when he saw the cou­ple in the road. TC Long­ford added that Mr Ali would not have been able to avoid the col­li­sion.

Medical ev­i­dence was given that both Mr Tinker and Mrs Gough had died from chest and head in­juries and had con­sumed twice the le­gal drink driv­ing limit of al­co­hol.

In the se­cond in­quest, Mr Oak­ley also recorded ac­ci­den­tal death ver­dicts on Charles McLaughlin, 53, a com­puter de­sign technician, and his wife, Judith, a semi-re­tired ar­chi­tect, 58 of Jamie Craggs Hol­i­day Park, Wel­burn, who died near the road junc­tion at Wel­burn on the A64 on June 23 when they were hit by a car while cross­ing road.

The driver, Richard Turner, said he and his wife were trav­el­ling to a hol­i­day park at Reighton.

Traf­fic Con­sta­ble David Tay­lor said Mr Turner had been driv­ing within the speed limit.

He said there were no street lights in the area nor traf­fic is­lands to aid pedes­tri­ans cross­ing the road. He said bus driv­ers had dif­fi­culty see­ing pas­sen­gers at bus stops on the road be­cause of the lack of light­ing.

Mr Oak­ley said the cou­ple had used pub­lic trans­port from York, where they had been drink­ing and he be­lieved their judge­ment would have been im­paired by the vol­ume they had con­sumed.

He said: “I shall be mak­ing a re­port to the Depart­ment of Trans­port for light­ing to be pro­vided on this stretch of road and at the var­i­ous bus stops be­cause any­one cross­ing the road at present is taking their lives in their hands at any time of the day.”

‘Any­one cross­ing the road is taking their lives in their hands’

David Tinker and Julie Gough

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